Release Date: December 14th, 1984

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG-13 |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

In the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), Leto's son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. Based on Frank Herbert's epic novel.

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Sting , Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Freddie Jones

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Universal Pictures, DeLaurentiis Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry , Quest , Fascinating ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    For all its cumbersome scope (realized on a shimmeringly large scale by Lawrence of Arabia cinematographer Freddie Francis), the film remains an intensely personal epic, Lynch's uncommon emphasis on characters rather than effects lending his exposition a rather remarkable lucidity. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    One has the sense before Dune is well under way that it is the kind of film that may reveal itself over several viewings -- and certainly, there seems to be $47 million worth of things to look at. But fidelity to the source can be a trap, and Lynch fell into it; his movie is big and splashy and nearly nonsensical. [14 Dec 1984, p.E1]

  • 75
    The Atlantic

    While it's hardly a cohesive experience, individual scenes are brought to life with striking power. show more

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